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Planting Trees at Vanatorii Mici

Yesterday I installed Kaspersky Anti-Virus, the installer still saying Comodo was incompatible with it but allowing me to continue without uninstalling it, and at the moment I see two errors about creating registry entries, don’t see any entries to make it run on startup and the active protection doesn’t seem to work locally, but web protection does, including for attempted downloads, so I’ll need to look into that more. This comes after the Bitdefender Antivirus Plus trial ended Monday and I couldn’t even try to stretch it out a bit longer because I tried to update it a bit too late. I thought I remembered that it should have ended Monday afternoon, but it didn’t list an exact date, not to mention time, and actually clearly said that it ended “tomorrow”, so after finally installing this month’s Windows updates and its program update that had been available for a while and rebooting, I tried updating again right away, saw that there was no other update available, then between laundry, eating a little and going to the toilet, I forgot to try again before the time when it should have ended according to what I recalled and did so maybe half an hour later, at which point it disabled itself. So in the evening I uninstalled it, though that took a few tries, the first attempt saying it had errors, the processes in fact still running, then the first attempt done in safe mode again saying it had errors, but after manually removing the registry entry making it start, which seemed to be the only obvious trace left, and running the uninstaller again, it finally said it had been successful.

But the main part of this post has to be about planting trees, though I should start with the day before, Friday, when I meant to sleep as much as I could, but was awake at 2:50 PM and went to pee, tried to get back to sleep, saw I couldn’t and eventually got up at 3:30 PM. And then I decided to make one more trip to that Carrefour, being out at 4:15 PM and back 40 minutes later. Saw a beer bottle on the way, but two men were there, possibly the ones who had just thrown it down, so I didn’t pick it up. Had taken 16 bottles that time though, yet the two of wine and one of liquid soap were rejected by the girl who was also holding the bag I was putting them in, a second one just looking on, as there were three of them there then. Mentioned I had been told that they were fine as long as they were clean, transparent and not of oil, but they said they had new rules, so I took those back and selected 13 vegetables. Some areas were empty, so I guess it was a pretty bad time to go, but I saw celery again, with leaves, and dad had said he wanted some when I asked, so I took four of those, four more kohlrabies, still with leaves, one of those better lettuces, and the usual four Kapia peppers, weighing 485 grams, so the smallest ones yet, though there were some bigger ones in another area, not the one the girl picked from. She used two of those paper bags for all of that, and I said that was also a waste, since I had my own bag and she didn’t actually need to use any, but she said they were required to do so… And then forgot to give me the second bag, or in fact the first one she filled, so I had to remind her.
Tried taking a nap after 7 PM, but gave up after half an hour, since nothing was happening. And then, later that evening, I ended up leaving my computer without checking that Internet Explorer had closed properly after a tab had frozen and I just refreshed and moved on instead of waiting to see whether it’ll recover or forcing the process to close, so it was left using almost all CPU power for some four hours, if not more, SETI@home hardly being able to do any work until I finally got back to the computer, around 1:20 AM, and noticed the problem. As for getting back to bed, did that just after 3 AM, after wasting close to one hour on two attempts to take a shit without anything happening. Felt like it might a bit later, so I got up again and made a third attempt, but just wasted even more time, getting back at 3:35 AM. Then I went to pee again around 4:40 AM, not because I really needed to at that time but hoping it’ll help… And it didn’t, my body just sticking to its usual schedule, so it was around or after 5:30 AM when I finally managed to fall asleep.

Set the alarm to 6:30 AM, but was awake at 6:20 AM and got up, leaving at 7:40 AM, after wasting some more time on the toilet, again without success. Since the meeting place was Victory Square, I took the metro from here and was there at 8:05 AM, looking at one of the “old guard” activists which I had recognized on the metro to figure out which exit to use. Sort of waited for her while climbing the stairs between the two stations, but she seemed to frown at me when I turned to greet her, so just turned back around, not trying to figure out what that was about, and went to the toilet first, to pee one more time before the trip, as by then I had a good enough idea of the exit she was heading towards. And since I mentioned activists, recognized a few others I had seen at protests over the years while there, including two more from said “old guard”. Couldn’t recall the name of one of them though, I guess because he had, shall we say, mostly removed himself from the activities earlier than most, so I looked at him a few times during lunch, trying to remember, and he probably noticed, since after we were both done and left that area he came to greet me. The other one was obviously going to be there, since she works for the NGO that organized this, and it is possible that I pissed her off with some messages I sent, but I’m not sure and she didn’t say anything along those lines when she did reply, so also don’t know whether the fact that she gave no sign of recognizing me was due to simply not noticing or actually trying to make a point.
Getting back to the morning, I stood around for a while, until our names were checked off the list and we got on the buses. Though the organizers said at the end that about 700 volunteers did take part, this being the number which had registered, after they had increased the limit from 600 due to the number of requests, that struck me as rather surprising, because the buses seemed rather empty. Yes, people could get there in their own cars and quite a number did so, but the form asked whether one required transportation or not, and the confirmation e-mail again asked whether there had been any changes regarding that, so they should have known how many bus seats were needed and there seemed far fewer people gathering there than the six buses could hold. Admittedly, only have the exact numbers for the one I was in, but I believe I counted 57 seats and there were only 28 volunteers and the coordinator, meaning exactly half, if I counted correctly. And six buses with 56 seats for volunteers in each would make for less than half the total anyway, so most would have had to drive there even if they’d have been full, which seems rather strange to begin with.
But I guess they know better, and we didn’t leave that much later than announced, the schedule stating 8:30 AM and the first one in fact leaving at 8:33 AM, while most, including the one I was in, followed at 8:40 AM, getting there at 9:30 AM. The only things I’ll mention about the trip are that nobody sat next to me, which was nice, that the driver had a strong air freshener with a very sweet smell, which made me nauseous, and that I kept thinking I knew one of the girls who sat in front of me but couldn’t figure out where from, until it eventually struck me, only on the way back, that she looked a fair bit like Alexandra, so it was just a matter of my mind playing tricks.

Once there, we picked up our kits, which were made up of a backpack containing a hat, a thin vest, gardening gloves and a reusable bottle, and then moved to the area where we were supposed to plant. Water, tea and coffee should have been available while waiting for things to be ready, but there seemed to be problems with the generators and the heaters, so there was only cold water and, while at first we were told we’ll have to wait about ten minutes, the situation hadn’t changed even some 40 minutes later, when the first speeches started. And there was also the fact that cups were made available and I definitely got the impression that they should be used instead of the bottles, and almost everyone who wanted tea or coffee did use them, so I saw few people actually using the bottles, and only for water. Add the fact that cups, tea, coffee and sugar were placed in different spots on the tables but people were just crowding together, and that the cold water was available both on and behind the tables and the water heater was also behind the tables, and you had a bit of a mess, with someone calling it “a real adventure” to get something. I didn’t even notice the exact moment when the speeches started due to being in the crowd gathered around the water heater, just seeing that another crowd had formed a bit away when I looked around after it was clear that there were still no chances of hot water and going there to check out what was going on, returning after that for a cup of tea with water that was still pretty much just cold.
After drinking the tea, I finally walked to what was the area for the team I had been assigned to, not catching the instructions given from the beginning but not really needing to, after having planted trees before. And then, after also signing that we had attended the safety training, which had been one of those first speeches, we could finally start planting, at 10:55 AM or so. We were told to make teams of two though, and of course I didn’t ask anyone, and this time nobody asked me either and nobody just happened to be next to me with a spade and without a teammate without one, so I was left alone and without a spade, looking to the coordinator, which wasn’t the same one from the bus, for a solution. When that girl who had sat in front of me also came to him, I thought we were the ones left alone, but I asked her and she said she had a teammate, just no spade, so the coordinator first sent both of us to bring saplings from the pile, then just sent me to bring three spades from the next area.
So I started working on my own, pleased that the ground was wet and soft, and that there were few roots on that row, so digging was surprisingly easy. The coordinator did go look for a teammate for me, but returned to say everyone had paired up and that maybe he’ll ask me to help him with some things, since it’ll be hard to plant alone, but I said I worked alone the first time I planted and could manage something even then, albeit slowly, so he left me to work, just returning a few times to ask how things were going. And I actually think I did quite well, planting 15 trees on my own until someone else came on my row and, if I counted correctly, ending up with a total of 27 planted on my own and 34 that I was involved in planting. Four of those remaining seven came after I saw others on my row, coming from the other end, as I dug four more holes before they caught up to me and one of them helped me plant in two of them while the other, I guess her daughter, planted in the other two. The other three were towards the end, when I helped someone plant two and also planted one in a hole dug by someone else.
When that woman first came to my row and planted a tree at the end, she started shouting at me, but I didn’t pay any attention when I kept hearing “boy”, “kid”, “what’s his name” and so on, only looking up when I was getting annoyed and just wanted her to shut up, at which point she said I owed a tuica for that, repeating that when she came to help me plant, and also gave me some advice which contradicted what we’re usually told about planting trees, telling me to trust her because she’s a farmer when I pointed that out. But since I didn’t really need help and definitely didn’t want it from someone who was chatty, after we finished with that row and moved on to look for other places to plant in, I went back to working on my own, only switching roles to be the one helping at the very end, as I mentioned above.
There was an even more awkward moment though, involving the coordinator which had been on the bus. She had been busy with those things we had to sign at first, possibly leaving to check that everyone had signed when we started working, and I only saw her again around 11:40 AM, when she brought doughnuts and I took a quick break to grab one, then went back and had another when she said we should take a picture with the doughnuts, that actually being the only one I saw myself in. Well, after finishing with the doughnuts, she got to work as well, and after moving to search for other rows I ended up next to her and she asked me whether she was doing it right and I pretty much shrunk away, saying that I expected a coordinator to know more than me. But she insisted, saying that she hadn’t been there when we had been given the instructions and showing me that the roots, since that area did have plenty of them, caused her to dig holes that were rather hard to plant in, and also adding that it was just a matter of working together, not of asking me for instructions. But I just sort of mumbled something, really feeling like I couldn’t possibly tell her what to do, and focused on working, trying to look for other spots where I could go next.
It was around 1:30 PM or so when we finished, and I was among the last to leave, being in that group searching for any holes left to fill and having a quick look at the trees planted in the area we were in. And then ended up being the very last after I noticed a spade left behind and ran back to get it, needing to keep running to catch up to the rest. Then, though I had been struggling not to piss myself since around 1 PM, I went to have some tea first, since there were lines at the toilets, getting another cup and this time having hot water, so hot that I couldn’t drink it right away and ended up taking it with me in the toilet and then placing it on that thing that was there for washing hands. Kept the cup that time though, putting it in my pocket and using it again when I had some more tea after lunch, so I won’t take a third one then. Other than that, just wandered around for a bit, taking a few more pictures and as a result missing any instructions for my team and even the team’s group picture. I did notice that they had gathered for pictures and ran there in time to be caught in some of them, but I guess one of the first ended up being used, since I couldn’t see myself in any except that one with the doughnuts. As for the two bigger ones made with the drone that I see in the “official” album, I can’t recall whether I noticed when those were taken, so rather doubt I was in that group at all.
Either way, after seeing that others had already left for lunch, around 1:45 PM I went there as well. We had been told at the beginning that teams will go to lunch in groups, depending on when they finish their areas, but at that point I had put the concept of being in a team completely out of my mind, just doing my own thing without even realizing until after the fact that such instructions would still be relevant. And what I did keep in mind proved to be the wrong thing, since when we had first gone to that area, to pick up the kits, the gate that was farther from the field was the entrance and the one that was closer the exit, while for lunch they had apparently been reversed, but when I saw the area with the tables cordoned off on the side of what used to be the exit I just assumed they were the same and went in the other gate, ending up right at what was the head of the line, though at least there wasn’t that much of a line left at that point, many from the earlier group already being at tables. Nobody said anything though, so I only realized what I had done after I had finished eating, the next group came in and they were told which entrance to use and that the area was cordoned off so the line would form around it.
Was confused about the plates and cutlery as well, pleased to notice that we had normal ones, as in reusable ones, not plastic stuff, but seeing all the different types of plates and wondering which to take and what for, ending up taking my cue from some women who were asking each other the same thing and concluding that they should take a bigger one and a smaller one. We were apparently supposed to only take one, for all the food, either putting the dessert there as well or placing it on a napkin, but the first time I heard that was when the next group came in and the announcement was made for them. And I only noticed that the options we had for food were written on a blackboard after I had already taken everything as well, needing to ask what I could pick when I got there and choosing goulash, cabbage salad and two pieces of apple pie, then finding an empty table to sit at and eating quickly, finishing soon after the guy who had been the coordinator for my area and one other joined me, so I quickly got away from them. Can’t say that they were the reason I finished so quickly though, the main one being that there had been so little food, what seemed like a splash of goulash and two spoons of cabbage, and I was actually wondering whether we should have picked more than one dish, because it seemed too little even for me. And I did hear others discuss getting more, and sending each other in turn, but it didn’t seem like something that would normally be accepted, so I decided against trying, though I did just grab another doughnut after putting the plates and utensils in the place for dirty ones, the guy who was there meaning to say something but giving up once the deed was done.
That done, picked up a plastic bottle with some water still in it, using the water to wash my hands again and then putting the bottle in the backpack, changed my muddy boots with the shoes I had taken with me, and was left just standing around, not knowing what else to do. Those who had arrived in their cars were already leaving, just letting the coordinators know and walking away, but the schedule listed a couple of other events after lunch, so I wondered what was going to happen until it was finally announced that nothing else will happen, those who don’t want to keep their kits can drop them off in a box to be reused for other events, those who drove there can leave and those who came by bus can go back to the buses to wait for everyone to finish. So I just left the vest, after having obviously left the dirty gloves in the pile after I finished planting, the backpack, hat and bottle being useful, and then went to stand around the bus for a while longer, until a few others went in and I followed them.

It was a long wait though, since I went in at 2:35 PM and our bus only left at 3:15 PM, and during that time I kept wondering whether I should pee again. But when I saw the first bus move away at 2:50 PM, I kept thinking we’ll leave soon as well and didn’t risk it, and it was fine in the end. Still, that first bus seemed to return after a bit, some others seemed to leave at 2:55 PM, at least some possibly returning as well, and it was also strange when our coordinator just stepped in to say that she had to stay with the others and won’t return with us, that moment also being when some others congratulated the organizers, through her, for how the event had been organized, which struck me as irony and I reacted accordingly, actually laughing out loud and starting to comment before suddenly realizing that they were being serious and looking around in utter confusion. But, either way, the coordinator did return, when the last group of volunteers climbed in, saying that she couldn’t leave us alone after all, which should have been obvious. There were just 26 volunteers returning in the bus though, two announcing that they’ll go on another one, to be with their friends, which probably violated at least some regulations, if not actual laws, but I’m quite sure it would have been illegal for the bus to leave without the person responsible for it.
The girls around me started talking about books, but it seemed to just be non-fiction stuff and not topics I’d exactly care for either, or if I did care then I took issue with the views they expressed, so I mostly just listened, only speaking up to say that mine are like new when they mentioned how they don’t care for their books, usually damaging them quite badly and as a result not loaning any, knowing that others won’t be pleased with the state they’re likely to return them in. Also said a few words about Sapiens when one asked whether anyone read it, and then tried to look her up after getting back and sent her a link to my quick review for it, obviously using the Goodreads one to make the link more trustworthy, and also so I won’t point her here right away. Not that I’m sure I identified her correctly, and there was no reply, though it’s of course very likely that the message wasn’t even seen, filters on Facebook being as they are. I guess that would have been resolved if I’d have agreed to that exchange of information attempted by the coordinator, who asked for our names to add us as friends and to a group, but that just led to another awkward moment after she sat next to me, since I said I don’t add anyone and explained a little, after she seemed confused by the concept at first but then appeared to get the idea quite quickly and said she was sort of the same for a while, before the work made her need to connect with many people.
An odd moment was when the bus just stopped at Pacii metro station, that woman who had helped me, jokingly saying I owed her a tuica, speaking up to say that was as far as we had paid for and the rest of us, the coordinator included, taking it as a joke before realizing that the driver actually did mean to drop us off there. Since that was actually where I was going to go after that, for me it worked out just fine, and apparently for that girl sitting in front of me as well, but that wasn’t the plan, so the coordinator went to have a quick talk with the driver and, when everybody was ready to get off, we got moving again, being told we’ll get back to Victory Square after all. He did drop off that girl and I believe one other earlier, around that big Carrefour, but I didn’t react in time to follow them, so I wasted a fair bit of time, but that also allowed me to make a better plan for later, so it wasn’t a complete waste. On the other hand, the time spent getting around the area that was closed to traffic, also around that big Carrefour, was definitely wasted, and the driver had been unaware of the closure, so he tried to look for a way around, ended up blocking traffic for a few moments while trying to turn where he couldn’t, and eventually went all around, managing to make a joke about taking us sightseeing after he had figured things out.

At 4:21 PM we were finally back in Victory Square and I picked up another bottle I saw in that parking lot, then went to the metro, getting off at Basarab, to go to the Kaufland from there, having passed by it on the way making me realize that it was the much better option. It was just the first stop on my route though, so I just put the backpack and the bag with my muddy boots in a cabinet and checked prices, also noticing that I might in fact be able to buy some more cereals, depending on how things will work out with the cat food. Then walked to that big Carrefour, leaving the backpack and boots there, to pick up again at the end of the planned route. Just checked prices at Carrefour too, finding nothing worth coming back for at that time, and then decided to walk to Politehnica metro station too, though in doing so I realized that it is likely a bit faster to take the metro, even if it’s odd to go for one stop, switch and then go for one more. But that evening I just took the metro for one stop from there, so it’d have been two from Eroilor, to the Cora from that area, and since I went out the wrong exit and had to walk back the length of the station above ground, I also had a quick look inside a Mega Image I happened to pass by, ending up getting searched on the way out, the guard still patting me down even after I took out the bags I had in my jacket’s outer pockets and the folded backpack, notebook and small bag from the inner one. Then, in Cora, I was surprised to see one of those “refills” of cloves which I hadn’t seen in a long time. But I only had a 200 RON bill with me, having wanted to be able to easily hide the money away and not worry about them, and they seem to only get ready to put in self-checkouts, since I saw signs but no machines yet, so I felt it’d have been too awkward to use that for something costing just 3 RON and decided to return for them on the way back.
Finally got to that metro station where the driver meant to drop us off the first time after that, walking to that huge shopping center from there and first heading to that pet shop, getting there at 6:50 PM. Didn’t find any more of the old kind of that cat food though, nor any new ones of that type for that matter, and I actually asked an employee and he checked and said they didn’t have any at all, so I guess the last stock ran out. So I next went to that Auchan, deciding to leave that food for another time, though it’s otherwise cheapest there if the new kind is acceptable, and just got that one that Rocky likes, since my mother had sent me an e-mail asking for another box of those. Their self-checkouts say they’re for less than ten items and a box contains 24 though, so I asked the employee whether I could use it, only going there when she said I could, just needing to wait my turn. The right way to enter a number of items and just scan one slipped my mind just then though, so she came to help me do so before I could figure it out, but there was no other issue and I could then go back to that pet shop for that other kind, which I guess all of them eat.
It was 7:31 PM when I was walking out and just missed the free bus I meant to get, actually asking a guy about it when I reached the station and having him say that he didn’t know, since he had only been there for a few minutes, but that it probably did pass, considering the time. But I saw that I could use one of the 7:45 PM ones as well, so I decided to wait… And it came three minutes late, making me wonder why couldn’t the first one have done that instead. Either way, after sort of inviting each other for a moment, I was the next to last one to step on, followed by a woman who said she’ll get off at a certain store which didn’t tell me anything, so I said where I thought I should get off, thinking it’ll be closer and sitting closer to the door, but the driver said that stop will be after hers. But it actually worked out just fine, since I had just been guessing, meaning to go to that bakery as well, and the stop she got off at was actually the one I needed as well, so I followed her out, mumbling something about needing to go to a place that was in between anyway when the driver shouted after me to say that it wasn’t my stop and he’ll stop again at the next one for me.
When I had first passed by that bakery, I had noticed that they were out of one of the kinds of bread I wanted, but by the time I got back there they had a new batch out, still warm, so I got two of those and one of another kind… And then struggled to get them in a bag until the guy who was buying something after me helped, though after I got out I took them out and arranged them better anyway. Then I walked back to the metro and returned to Cora… Only to be turned away by the guard. I had a lot of purchases and couldn’t find cabinets to put them in, so I asked him where to put them, since it’d be too much for sealed bags, and he said they don’t have such places there and there’s nothing he can do, and since they also sell those things he can’t let me in like that. Now I’m sure he could have found a solution, but if he didn’t care enough and I was just going there for those cloves, I just walked away, taking the metro back to that Kaufland. Once there, at exactly 9 PM, checked that my stuff was still in that cabinet, moved it to the larger one where I had placed my purchases, and bought two bags of those cereals, ending up waiting for quite a while at the self-checkout, since some people working for on-demand courier services were using them and they had long lists and seemed to keep having problems. Then I picked up another small bottle that was outside, having noticed it on the way in, deciding to leave yet another one where it was due to it still having liquid in it, and got back to the metro. Rearranged the stuff in the bags and backpacks before getting back out, ending up carrying the backpack I had received sort of under the one I had taken with me, to get more weight off my hands, and was finally entering the building at 9:55 PM.

After all of that, Sunday morning I was up at 8:10 AM and decided to get the part about the bottles over with, since it was the last day of that campaign at that Carrefour and I had asked dad the previous evening to look through those he keeps around and leave any he doesn’t think he’ll actually be using again soon, which easily got me to the limit of 20. So at 9:10 AM I was going out, and once there I had to stand in the longest line yet, which I guess was to be expected. An older woman was saying that she had talked to some employees and they said they hadn’t yet received the vegetables for that day, so what was there must have been left since the day before, but considering the line, I highly doubted that. But when one of the girls called to ask for more things to be brought, the two who were ahead of me stood aside, saying they’ll wait for the new vegetables and asking me whether I wanted to get something from what was still there. And I said I did, though the new stuff actually arrived just as I was leaving. So I got the usual four Kapia peppers, weighing just over 540 grams, four Bianca peppers, weighing 435 grams, four tomatoes, weighing just about 695 grams, four bundles of green onions and, after deciding against more kohlrabies, just what ended up being five cucumbers. Should have received four, of course, but they were tiny and I noticed when I got back that the girl had given me five, though even so they weighed just under 180 grams put together. Looking at all of that, I actually had the feeling that the fact that I had accepted what they already had instead of waiting for the new stuff hadn’t escaped her, and she had actually tried to pick the better ones, only the green onions being a bit worse.
After that, bought a few things from there as well, and on the way out exchanged five more batteries for one new one, and also had a look at the event about food, or more exactly food waste, that was taking place in that festival’s main area at that time. Had actually been wondering about that, having seen no information on-line other than the name, so started reading the information, becoming more interested when I noticed that it was organized by the NGO organizing the tree planting taking place on November 30, the same one which had organized all those three I went to last year. Since I was the only one there, one of the two women approached me and I talked to her about the event’s topic for a bit, but then I asked for some more information about the planting, at which point the other one stepped in and mainly just told me what I had already seen in the message received from them, which she mentioned multiple times, saying that it must have been how I heard of it anyway. One thing I asked about which wasn’t mentioned there was the time when we’ll get back, but she said there’s no fixed schedule, it depends on when we’ll finish, but since we can’t plant after dark, we should stop by 3:30 PM and start getting ready to leave if we won’t be done earlier. Still, despite the lack of additional information and the late date, which makes me worry about the weather despite the very warm autumn we had, Monday evening I registered for it, so I’ll be planting twice this autumn. And, to return to Sunday, was out of there at 10:55 AM and back a bit before 11:15 AM… And finally got a bit more sleep, albeit only some four hours, in the afternoon, staying in bed a while longer but not sleeping more just then.

Moving on, the only timed squats during this period were Friday, 2:14, in the kitchen, and Monday, 2:26. And this week’s run was Tuesday, when the alarm rang at 1:30 PM and I went out at 3:30 PM, after having had a pretzel instead of those wheat things. The conditions were nice, seeing 16°C reported when I left, dropping a little by the time I got back, and with the wind only enough to let me feel that it existed in some spots, without being an issue. And there were few people as well, and some of them actually paid attention and cleared the way, so the losses were negligible, making it unsurprising when you think about it that I was faster again, the time being 47:23.04, with sector times of 4:26.03, 5:00.22, 5:51.46, 4:23.15, 5:03 (5:02.17), 5:48.18, 4:26.56, 4:58.16, 5:45 (5:44.21) and 1:43 (1:42.90), making for lap times of 15:17.71, 15:14 (15:13.50) and 15:09 (15:08.93). Nice to see that each lap was faster than the one before it, and the final sector was great as well.
Still felt a bit tired and my right knee also bothered me a little at first, so I was just aiming to stay under 48 minutes, and I started more slowly than I meant to due to my keys sitting badly in my pocket, making me think they’ll fly out, which resulted in some seconds lost as I first tried to arrange them better while running and then took them out and arranged my pocket before putting them back in. The one roadblock I ran into was also during that first sector, but slowing to wait for a way through allowed me to arrange things better then, so I don’t think it caused any additional loss of time. And with my knee also getting better after a while, I could push harder, yet it was only after the third lap’s first sector that I thought to target last week’s time. And then, since it was so close, after the following sector I thought of 47:30 as well, pushing really hard and managing it in the end.

A few minutes before 5 PM I was back out, rushing back to that Auchan in Militari. But since I went there again after what I saw when I went to the Vitan one the day before, I’ll start there, where I mainly went for cat litter. Also took out the paper, noticing that the bin next to the school was gone and using another nearby one, then waited for several minutes for the free bus and, since I had also taken one liter of used cooking oil with me, dropped it off there and received dishwashing liquid in exchange, the exact type actually being better than what was listed for this quantity. Then I got two bags of cat litter and checked the cat food, seeing that what I had noticed on the site was indeed true, Auchan having also increased the price for that kind a fair bit despite also only having the new ones, that have 85 grams instead of 100. Then I waited for close to 20 minutes for the free bus to even get there, which meant that it only arrived after it should have already left again, and only left ten minutes after it should have. And the driver also apparently didn’t hear me when I asked him to also stop here, so I had to say it again after he passed the spot and he dropped me off a bit farther.
So I was wondering whether they still had that cat food at the old price in Militari, the site listing it as unavailable there when I knew I had seen it. Rushed on the way to Dristor, but didn’t run, so I was there at 5:15 PM and out of the metro at 5:40 PM, continuing to rush and reaching that Auchan at exactly 6 PM. Found plenty of that food, so grabbed 25, along with the box, which I eventually put in a recycling bin on the way back, then used the self-checkout without issues and it wasn’t even 6:10 PM when I was out of the store, not exactly rushing to the free bus stop, since I was using the exit that was closer to it and could see if one would arrive sooner. However, while one that I could use should have arrived at 6:15 PM, there was still no movement even at 6:23 PM, when I decided to cut my losses and just walk. Kept glancing back at first, to see whether any of them got moving, but then I picked up the pace again and hurried as much as I could. Had the food in an old bag I had used for some of those plastic bottles I took to Carrefour, one that for some reason had 2007, 2008 and 2009 written on it, and one of its handles ripped pretty much right as I started walking faster, but I just carried it in my arms and kept pushing, and didn’t see any of the free buses pass me by the time I reached the metro station, at 6:41 PM, and I doubt it’d have even been possible, considering the traffic and that none had moved the last time I looked back. Was back at 7:25 PM, just in time for the start of the match… And badly burned a few biscuits I tried heating in the microwave, mainly because dad had placed the thin bag they were in on the tray some meat came in. Parts were fine, but others were just charred, and I threw away much of one, though I just ate the rest.

Believe it or not, this actually isn’t the longest post I ever wrote, at least one being a bit longer, but if I won’t cut this paragraph short that may no longer be the case. So I will do just that, after mentioning that I actually only wrote the part about Saturday today, the rest of it being written yesterday, and that the water I took a shower with when I took a break, after getting to the buses returning to Victory Square, was quite brown. And no, I don’t really know what the week’s second post will be at the moment, and I could have split this in two, stopping after Sunday, if not even after Saturday, but a second personal one would mean using up another one of those old book reviews, and maybe there’s a chance I’ll avoid that for one more week.


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